I've been waking up early lately. Someone tell my brain it is summer, and I don't need to
wakey wakey at 5:30 a.m. The problem is not necessarily the waking, it is the tossing and turning afterward, the refusal to relax, turn over, and go back to sleep.
Here is how a dialogue starts in my brain at 5:30 a.m. Since a dialogue requires more than one person, I have provided names for better comprehension: Half Full and Half Empty.
Half Full: Don't peek. I don't want to know; it doesn't matter. Just turn over and go back to sleep.
Half Empty: I'm a little cold.
Half Full: Pull up the covers.
Half Empty: But then I have to move.
Half Full: But you'll be warmer.
Half Empty: Maybe I should use the bathroom.
Half Full: Naw, you'll be fine for another hour or so. Besides, that will really wake you up.
Half Empty: But I will lie here thinking about trying not going to the bathroom when I really do.
Half Full: Fine, go. Then you can relax.
Half Full: All better? Pull up those covers and relax. We've still got time for another dream!
Half Empty: Okay. [pause] You know that church outreach program in December? I need to find a children's coordinator for that.
Half Full: Fine. Let's think through that when we are awake.
Half Empty: But I've got to figure out who to recruit. I mean, should I ask someone personally or put an ad in the bulletin? No one ever responds to those ads, but I should try-- that is, if I can't think of someone to ask personally.
Half Full: Fine, yes. We'll talk about this later.
Half Empty: Should I have a theme this year? Would a Western Nativity Festival be a little weird? Cowboy hats and ropes and horses to go along with the wise men and baby Jesus?
Half Full: Go to sleep.
Half Empty: This position isn't comfortable, maybe I need to inflate my sleep number.
Half Full: Go to sleep!
Half Empty: Is that sunlight coming through the blinds? What time is it, anyway?
Half Full: SLEEP!
Half Empty: Hey this could be a funny blog post.
Half Full: Hilarious. Can it wait until we are up?
Half Empty: It should be a dialogue of what goes through our head when we are tossing and turning in the morning. What shall we call ourselves?
Half Full: Shhhhh!
Half Empty: Yin and Yang? Pessimist and Optimist? Half Full and Half Empty?
Half Full: Fine. Let's get up.
Half Empty: But look at all the time we have to sleep still!
Half Full: Ain't gonna happen. Let's just get up.
Half Empty: Fine!
Half Full: Fine!!
Half Empty: Fine!!!
Have a well-rested, Half Full day!